Neuro-Inflammation

In my experience as a Family Medicine Nurse Practitioner, I have observed an increase in all sorts of health concerns in recent years- especially in our children. From food allergies, gut dysfunction, immune compromise, resistant allergies, and neuro-inflammation sometimes after typical infections. As a mom of young children and a Functional Medicine Certified practitioner, [...]

By |2020-02-12T20:21:27-06:00February 12th, 2020|The LIVE IT Philosophy|1 Comment

Functional Medicine: A Refreshing & Modern Approach to Medicine

What exactly is Functional Medicine and how do we integrate it into our practice? Functional Medicine uses an evidence based, systems biological approach to identify and address underlying causes of diseases- and is grounded in the belief that the patient is at the center of their own health journey. In Functional & Integrative Medicine, [...]

By |2020-01-16T19:49:01-06:00January 15th, 2020|The LIVE IT Philosophy|0 Comments

Connecting your Goals to Yourself

With the New Year comes a new beginning with endless possibilities. “This is the year! I am finally going to ____!” Then a few months pass by, and nothing has really changed- what’s the deal? Thoughts of shame creep in “What is wrong with me? Why can’t I stick to anything?” First of all, I [...]

By |2019-12-17T20:12:29-06:00December 12th, 2019|The LIVE IT Philosophy|0 Comments

Trick or Treat

Fall has officially arrived! The cooler weather is here and is welcomed by myself and my family! My kids now are focused on pumpkin patches, baking cookies, and getting ready for Halloween. I too have fallen into a more relaxed, comfort-food driven mode. Growing up in the Midwest, the arrival of fall meant casseroles, crockpot [...]

By |2019-10-24T23:47:55-05:00October 23rd, 2019|The LIVE IT Philosophy|0 Comments

Feed My Growing Brain

Back to school means back to the grind of figuring out what to put on the table! It needs to be healthy, well rounded, yet palatable and easy to grab and go. The fridge and pantry need to be stocked with ingredients for a quick fix breakfast, packable lunches, after school snacks, and dinner- My [...]

By |2019-09-08T23:14:00-05:00September 7th, 2019|The LIVE IT Philosophy|1 Comment

Private Eye

The other day I saw an eager 8 year old patient really wanted to listen to his heart with the stethoscope. I love it when my patients want to learn and happily let him. Then I asked him if he wanted to be a doctor when he grows up. He replied “No, I want to [...]

By |2019-08-14T20:26:38-05:00August 12th, 2019|The LIVE IT Philosophy|0 Comments

Addressing Inflammation

One of the key principles in my LIVE IT Philosophy, is L for LEARN. The acronym LIVE IT – standing for Learn, Incorporate, Vitalize, Exercise, Imagine, Thank – represents my belief that being healthy shouldn’t be complicated, but rather supported every day by adopting a lifestyle that supports wellness. One important concept I have learned [...]

By |2019-07-29T21:47:59-05:00July 25th, 2019|The LIVE IT Philosophy|0 Comments

Thoughts on mothers, nurturing, and family medicine

I can’t believe it’s May and that summer is just around the corner! As Mother’s Day approaches, I wanted to pause and express deep gratitude for mothers everywhere, and those women in our lives who are nurturing, loving, inspiring and supportive. When I think of mothers I think of families and I am so grateful [...]